Conflict Resolution Strategies for Family Businesses – Boutet on The Huffington Post

It is not simple to resolve conflict within businesses where people bring in different points of view, cultures and values. Resolving conflict within a family may be even more complex because the members have had a lifetime of interacting with

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Sibling rivalry can sink family business succession – Boutet in Succession Planning

Nathalie Boutet is featured in an article discussing how mediation can offer a route to involving all family members in resolving disputes over succession plans. Read the full article in Succession Planning.

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Conflict Resolution Strategies for Family Businesses

It is not simple to resolve conflict within businesses where people bring in different points of view, cultures and values. Resolving conflict within a family may be even more complex because the members have had a lifetime of interacting with

Posted in Divorce, Uncategorized

How to prepare your spouse to work in the family business – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

As many as 80 per cent of small businesses in Canada are family enterprises. And while the benefits of self-employment and entrepreneurship can include financial freedom and control over one’s career, there are many factors families need to consider before

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Blended family makes long-distance relationship work – Boutet in The Toronto Star

Today’s divorcees are more likely than ever to share the parenting equally — and that’s a good thing. The law on custody and access in Ontario starts “with a presumption that both parents should have equal time with the kids.”

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Marriage, co-habitation contracts can be good investment – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

A romantic proposal or an invitation to move in with a partner may seem like an awkward time to start planning for a smooth divorce. But with nearly half of Canadian marriages ending before death does couples part, a pre-nup

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Staying amicable best path to future reconciliation with ex – Boutet on The Toronto Star

Reuniting with a lost love is more common than many people think, but it isn’t easy to reconcile with a former partner — especially after a divorce. Nathalie Boutet was featured in an article on The Toronto Star discussing how

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Why business owners should avoid divorce court – Boutet on Advocate Daily

The divorce court system is adversarial, expensive, time-consuming and open to the public — all reasons for family business owners to avoid it. It’s the most expensive process, it lasts the longest and nobody but the judge has control over

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Why Advisors Should Get Personal with Divorcing Clients – Boutet on Advisor.ca

Chances are, every advisor will encounter a client whose marriage breaks down. Advisors who are afraid to touch such an emotionally charged issue miss important opportunities to connect with clients. Nathalie shares some simple tips so you know what to

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Relationship problems can threaten survival of family business – Boutet in Succession Planning

One issue that is often overlooked in family run enterprises is the risk that an interpersonal relationship will be damaged, taking the business down with it. It’s called relationship risk. When people don’t take care of their relationship, whatever plans

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Marriage Contracts are a Practical Way to Organize your Affairs – Boutet on Advocate Daily

While it is frequent for couples who have a business or high net worth to enter into a domestic contract, such agreements are also relevant for people with children of previous relationships, or for situations where one of the partners

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How Different Generations Can See Eye-To-Eye On Prenups – Boutet on Huffington Post

No one likes to plan for the failure of a marriage. But with the average nuptials in Canada lasting a mere 13.7 years, according to StatsCan, it’s not surprising that prenuptial agreements are becoming more popular among today’s couples looking

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October 4, 2016 – Nathalie Boutet at CAFE’s Family Business Forum

On October 4, 2016, The Family Business FORUM will be held at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario. This is the ultimate gathering for family enterprise in Central Ontario and represents a unique opportunity for your organization to connect and

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Business Advisors can be the ‘Voice of Reason’ in a Divorce – Boutet on Advocate Daily

Trusted advisors such as accountants and lawyers can play a key role in minimizing the potential negative impact of a divorce within a family business. Referring clients to the right family law lawyer could mean the difference between a divorce

Posted in Divorce, Negotiation tips, Separation tips

Take Steps to Protect the Family Business as a Divorce Unfolds – Boutet on Advocate Daily

It’s important to take immediate steps to protect the family business in the event of a marital breakdown. If the business is providing significant revenue for the family, it’s their livelihood, and a divorce can be very disruptive. If both

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How to Protect a Business from Divorce – Boutet on The Divorce Angels

Successful entrepreneurs know the hard work and dedication it takes to build a thriving business. But often, insufficient time has been spent protecting a business from the potentially devastating impacts of a divorce. Read the full article on The Divorce

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Choice of lawyer sends strong signal from outset of divorce – Boutet on Advocate Daily

There is one strategic step members of family-owned businesses can take from the initial stages of a divorce to keep some control over the outcome of the divorce: choosing the right lawyer. Read the full article on Advocate Daily.

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Preserving wealth with a certified Family Enterprise Advisor – Boutet in Advocate Daily

Nathalie Boutet is featured on Advocate Daily to talk about the unique needs that family owned businesses have during a separation or divorce. “When you have worked so hard in your life to create a business for your family, and

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September 15 to 17, 2016 – Collaborative Negotiations

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Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law

My commentary on the article “Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law” recently published in The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, by Deanne Sowter. When it comes to the role lawyers play in conflict resolution and ethical dilemmas, the notion of “neuro awareness” or

Posted in Collaborative Law, Mediation

June 10, 2016 – Neuroscience and Behavioural Economics for Litigators

AGENDA: 9:00am-9:10am – Welcome and Opening Remarks (Stephen LeDrew, Barrister and Solicitor) 9:10am-10:10am – A Lawyer’s Guide to Neuroscience (Nathalie Boutet, Boutet Family Law) 10:10am-10:25am – Coffee and Networking Break 10:25am-11:25am – Behavioural Economics 101 – Management and Communication Strategies

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May 6, 2016 – Navigating Changing Circumstances

Robin Dodokin and Bev Moir are pleased to invite you to an inspiring event given by women, for women in transition. Delivered by experts in their respective fields, our speakers will start the conversation around best practices of how to

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May 4-5, 2016 – Nathalie Boutet at Conference Board of Canada

Nathalie Boutet helped business leaders learn from the “tremendous change” of divorce at the recent two-day Change Management 2016 conference (May 4 and 5) held by the Conference Board of Canada. The conference also featured speakers from health-care and business sectors

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April 18, 2016 – Avoiding triggers in mediation involving personality disorders

Boutet was recently featured as one of three expert panelists at an Ontario Bar Association (OBA) program, Managing Personality Disorders in Mediation. The panel provided practical strategies for lawyers who deal with people who have difficult personalities.  Read more about the panel and topics

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Financial planners can help draft divorce settlements – Boutet in Advisor.ca

Boutet outlines the role of advisors as a critically important part of divorce settlements, complementing the skills of attorneys. Read the full article in Advisor.ca. This post is also featured in Advocate Daily.

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